Has the ban on doctors accepting drug company gifts gone too far?

Select states have taken a hard line against doctors accepting any type of gifts from drug companies.

And that includes food of any kind, which makes for some awkward moments at national physician conventions.

So, during this week’s ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, WhiteCoat snapped a picture of this notice, which borders on farcical:

drug company gifts

I’ve heard similar stories from other national meetings, where, for instance, doctors from Massachusetts are barred from attending dinner CME lectures or other educational activities. Driver licenses are indeed checked.

I understand the crackdown on accepting drug company gifts, but I wonder if there’s any resentment from these doctors for being blatantly singled out.

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